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A Taste for Flesh; Film Movement’s Bites into Manuel Martín Cuenca’s Cannibal

Are the taste-buds at the Film Movement offices shifting? After opening up a spanking brand new, smart idea label for genre items (RAM Releasing) they’ve now grabbed the rights on what I could consider a sophisticated dramatic romance slash “cannibal movie”. Variety reports that the distrib has picked up the rights to Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Cannibal — a convincing, doppelgänger-Hitchcock-esque crispy cold number from Spain featuring standout perfs from Antonio de la Torre and a doubled-down Olimpia Melinte. The pic will open theatrically in the U.S. and Canada in the third quarter of 2014, followed by a VOD and DVD release.

Gist: Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, but he’s also a murderer in the shadows. He feels no remorse, no guilt, until Nina appears in his life. She will make him realize the true nature of his acts and, for the first time, love awakens. Carlos is evil incarnate, unaware of itself. Nina is pure innocence. And Cannibal is a demon’s love story.

Worth Noting: This won the Best Cinematography prize at the San Sebastien film festival. Simply put. This looks fabulous.

Do We Care?: Among our favorite imports at this year’s TIFF, look for our interview with Cuenca sometime in the near future.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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